Darwin Safety Information
"If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel."
Make sure travel insurance is sorted before travelling. Don't underestimate how important it is to have yourself and your family covered. Photocopy your policy and leave a copy with a friend or relative at home and take one copy with you.
During the hot, dry season of May-October, swimming in the Ocean in the Northern Territory is not advised due to the severe risk of being stung by the deadly Box Jellyfish known as stingers.
As an alternative, there are lots safe swimming spots ideal for taking a refreshing dip. Try out the Berry Springs, Annaburroo Billabong near the Mary River, or plunge into the cool pools in the Litchfield National Park. There are also plenty of public swimming pools throughout the main towns in the Northern Territory.
Please be advised that there are lots of waterways that may look appealing but are UNSAFE to swim in due to the likelihood of a Crocodile attack. Crocodile warning signs will be displayed if the water is unsafe to enter. As an absolute rule, NEVER swim in a waterway in the Northern Territory unless you are completely sure that it is safe.
Darwin in the Top End experiences extremely hot temperatures during the dry season and it is important to enjoy outdoor activities without the risk of sun damage.
Wear a light-weight long-sleeved top, a broad-brimmed hat, and take care to apply sunscreen to exposed skin. Reapply sunscreen after two hours, especially if you have been in the water. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, and utilise shelter wherever possible.
Try to avoid being outside in the middle of the day and take care to drink plenty of water in the warmer months. It is advisable to have on hand a good supply of water for each person, particularly if travelling long distances and to remote places where shopping facilities may not be present.